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US blacklists UAE firms for supporting Iran's sanctioned Mahan Air

The companies were blacklisted for their support of Iran's Mahan Air [Getty]

Date of publication: 19 August, 2020

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Two UAE-based companies were placed on a US sanctions blacklist on Wednesday, authorities confirmed.

The US Treasury placed two United Arab Emirates-based companies on its sanctions blacklist on Wednesday for their support of already-sanctioned Iran's Mahan Air.

UAE-based Parthia Cargo and Delta Parts Supply FZC "have provided key parts and logistics services for Mahan Air," the Treasury said.

Mahan, one of Iran's leading carriers, has been blacklisted under US counterterrorism regulations for its close relationship with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, which Washington says carries out terror activities in the Middle East.

Mahan Air especially has been used by the revolutionary Guards to support the regimes of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, according to the Treasury.

"The Iranian regime uses Mahan Air as a tool to spread its destabilising agenda around the world, including to the corrupt regimes in Syria and Venezuela, as well as terrorist groups throughout the Middle East," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a statement.

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"The United States will continue to take action against those supporting this airline."

In the same action the Treasury also placed sanctions on UAE-based Iranian national Amin Mahdavi, who the Treasury said either owns or controls Parthia Cargo.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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